The Workhouse Boy is a captivating novel of great social and historical significance set in the turbulent times of the industrial revolution in Britain and then in early colonial Australia. The reader will be fascinated by the story of Richard Shawcross as he starts his life as a foundling in a London workhouse, and bravely follows his fate as a transported convict and an assigned servant in Van Diemen’s Land. It is a fictional work firmly based on important historical facts that refect the slow advance of enlightened civilisation from the old world to the new. Richard’s adventurous struggles and continually changing fortunes reflect the true to life story of the early settlers in the new country of Australia during the exciting, and often difficult, times of the nineteenth century. This is a story where hope and faith eventually lead to success and happiness.